Prez Akufo-Addo must recuse himself from EC commissioners’ search – Kwaku Azar

United States based Ghanaian law professor Dr Kwaku Asare is calling for the president to recuse himself from the search for a new chair of the Electoral commission.

The law provides that the president appoints commissioners of the EC acting in consultation with the council of state.

His suggestion comes on the back of suspicions courted by opposition political parties when a sitting president chooses commissioners of the EC often parallel to the scenario of a player choosing the referee before a game.

Professor Asare wants the council of state to be given room to rather make the choice for the president to give his approval.

He believes this will cure doubts about the neutrality of persons chosen to head the commission without breaching the constitution.

He told host of the Ultimate Breakfast Show, Lantam Papanko, “The president can choose to be transformational instead of transactional if in the interest of the nation, he decides to be completely disengaged from this process and he rather asks the council of state to perform all the aspects of the process.”

“The council of state should place a transparent process to constitute a search committee or ask the public service commission to do a search for them and name one person.”

“If the people have full confidence that the president is not involved and that the process is not political, then whoever emerges will be acceptable to a broad crust of the people,” He added.

The President Nana Akuffo Addo is expected to appoint six out of the seven commissioners of the electoral commission before the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.

It follows the removal from office of the former Chairperson of the EC Mrs Charlotte Osei, Deputy Chairperson in charge of operations Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwah in charge of corporate services.

EC commissioner, Pauline Adobea Dadzawa, has retired recently, leaving the 7-member commission with only three commissioners.

Two more commissioners are expected to retire before the 2020 polls.

By: Ghana/ Heathcote – Fumador